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PCB issues latest sanction in Pakistan Super League corruption probe

Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the latest sanction issued by the PCB amid the corruption probe into the 2017 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 competition.

Jamshed’s ban concerns his alleged non-cooperation with the investigation and the PCB hinted that stronger charges could yet follow. “Anti Corruption Tribunal has imposed one year ban on cricketer Nasir Jamshed for non-co-operation with PCB ACU, more charges will be brought up in near future,” the PCB said on its official Twitter account today (Monday).

In February, Jamshed was arrested in the UK in relation to the corruption investigation surrounding the franchise-based PSL. The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) released a statement saying it was “working closely” with the PCB and International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption units into the matter.

He was later released on bail and the status of the UK investigation remains unclear. The case, which implicates five other current or former Pakistan internationals, concerns the 2017 season of the PSL, with the PCB’s investigation having commenced before the league’s second season began on February 9. Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz have already been fined and banned.

The PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi stressed that today’s ban relates solely to Jamshed’s failure to cooperate. “A narrative is being built that the PCB hasn't presented any proof against Jamshed,” Rizvi said, according to the ESPN Cricinfo website. 

“This case was simply a case about Jamshed's failure to cooperate. No proof has been made public yet so that he doesn't try to cover his tracks. If he is innocent, then shouldn't he or his client have explained why his passport has been confiscated by the National Crime Agency in London? Why is he on bail over there?”

Jamshed’s lawyer Hasan Warraich said the proceedings prove the PCB has no proof against his client. Warraich said: “My client has been defamed nationally and internationally, and the reputation of the country has been damaged by the PCB's actions. And ultimately, nothing comes of it. 

“They kept saying they had multiple proofs against my client, and I challenged them to present those proofs to the media. They have consistently failed to do so, and nothing came of the FIA (Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency) report that they referred to.”

The 27-year-old has played in two Tests, 48 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, the most recent of which came in March 2015.